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NOAA tests free downloadable nautical charts

They're detailed, free and much better than a road map for recreational boaters wanting to determine their location while under way.

They're called "BookletCharts," and they're an experimental service that's being offered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Coast Survey.

The online service provides downloadable Adobe Acrobat files of sections of NOAA nautical charts that are printable on regular 8.5-by-11-inch paper.

"The BookletChart is reduced in scale and divided into pages for convenience, but otherwise contains all the information of the full-scale nautical chart," according to NOAA.

Click here to read the full report by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.